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Fiskville Inquiry report released
Today the final report from the Victorian Parliament’s Inquiry into Fiskville Training College was released.
The report, which is available here, outlines 31 recommendations and we will be examining these over coming days to determine what they mean for CFA and what action we need to take.
We are sorry to all of you for what happened at Fiskville. We acknowledge that this has been an extraordinarily difficult period for CFA and for our members.
We know there were significant failings by CFA at Fiskville, and the practices of the past are clearly unacceptable by today’s standards.
I want to emphasise there have been major changes across the agency to ensure that what happened at Fiskville does not happen again.
We have already responded to hundreds of recommendations from over 50 reports by world leading toxicology and environmental experts.
We now have a team of more than 40 personnel responsible for health, safety and environment issues, and have new governance arrangements to ensure risks to CFA and its members are reviewed and acted on quickly by the Board and the Executive leadership.
Many of you have asked what is happening at the former Fiskville site and whether a training facility could still be reopened. I want to make it clear there are no plans to reopen the site.
Instead, our focus is on developing a world-class training facility in the Central Highlands. The Victorian Government has allocated $46 million to the project, and we are hopeful of securing a new site soon.
Remediation and decommissioning work is being planned for Fiskville.
Significant upgrades to our Regional Training Centres including the installation of water treatment plants will also take place.
Over coming days, there is likely to be some media coverage of the Inquiry’s findings. We will continue to keep you updated on how we are responding to the report.
If you or your colleagues find the report or its findings distressing and require support you can access any of the following CFA support services:
- Member Assistance Program (MAP): 1300 795 711 (24 hours)
- Peer Support Program: Contact your local Peer Coordinator
- Chaplaincy Program: 1800 337 068 (24 hours)
- HeadsUP online resources: cfa.vic.gov.au/headsup